Do you realize how incredible our God is? That was the message of Moses in our first reading today. He told the People of Israel to look at the world around and to realize… has any other people heard the voice of God and lived? Has any idol of their neighbors taken a nation and lifted it out of slavery through signs and wonders? Has any other god revealed his name and entered into relationship with his people, protecting them with strong hand and outstretched arm? No. There is no other who compares to the Lord our God.
But really, do you realize how incredible our God is? That was the message of St. Paul to the Romans in the second reading. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons and daughters of God. Any other god that you might make for yourself –- be it wealth or sports or technology or your own pleasure –- will make you a slave to it because while we may love them they can’t love us back. But our God makes us his cherished children, joint heirs with Christ with whom together we cry out, “Father”.
But seriously, do you realize how incredible our God is? The message of the Church today, out of all the many feasts when we remember the incredible things that God has done… it is today that we remember the incredible thing that is God Himself, the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, three persons and yet indivisible. God has chosen to reveal himself to us in this manner, if for no other reason than at least for this very basic and simple truth that we must profess as Christians: God is love. God is love and in our human experience love can only take place in relationships, in the intersection of two distinct people, and so God reveals himself to us both as one God and as relationship, as Father, Son, and Spirit.
Our God is incredible. As if it were not enough that he tell us that he is love, he draws us into himself. “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” God, the Creator, the Lord of Hosts… made a promise to us his creation… that he would remain with us. And think about what we do here together. We hear the Word of God so that he can dwell in our minds, and we receive the Eucharist so that he can dwell in our hearts. He has chosen to remain with us and his words were not empty. We have an incredible God.
On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, I hope you take the time to enter into the majesty and the mystery of a God who is beyond our comprehension, and at the same time a God who wants us to know his love.
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